NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Rival UTEP 79-68

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - Backed by Ian Baker’s 20 points, Jemerrio Jones’ third-straight double-double and Eli Chuha’s 11 points, the NM State men’s basketball team pushed its winning-streak to seven with the 79-68 win Tuesday night in the Don Haskins Center.

The win was also NM State’s fourth-straight win over Battle of I-10 rival UTEP (2-6). Head coach Paul Weir also became the first coach since Ken Hayes (1975-76) to beat the Miners in his first try at the helm Tuesday night.

Tuesday’s victory over UTEP was the first time NM State has started a season 9-2 since the 1994-95 squad did it. On top of NM State hitting team milestones, Baker scored his 1,000th career point in the Crimson and White as well.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Rodney Butler Named Fourth Team Phil Steele All-American

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CLEVELAND, OH - NM State football senior linebacker Rodney Butler was recently name a Phil Steele Fourth-Team All-American while Jaden Wright and Kourtland Busby were named to the publication's All-Sun Belt Conference Team.

"The honors that Rodney have received are a great reward for a great young man and player," Aggie head coach Doug Martin said. "Leading the nation in tackles is an extraordinary accomplishment and we could not be more proud of Rodney."

This is the first All-American honor for Butler and the second in as many years for the Aggie football program. He joins fellow teammate Larry Rose III, former Aggie kick returner Taveon Rogers and former Aggie wide receiver and Rio Rancho, N.M., native Chris Williams (2008) as the only other players to earn All-American honors from the Phil Steele publication.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Cruises Past Northern Arizona 79-68

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FLAGSTAFF, AZ - The New Mexico State women's basketball team faced off against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in Flagstaff, Ariz. on Sunday afternoon. The Aggies were on top from the opening tip-off to the final buzzer as great shooting helped the Aggies win, 79-68.

After the game, head coach Mark Trakh was pleased with what he saw as he said, "This was a good win against a good team. It is tough to win up here against NAU and we played a good game all the way through."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Snaps Eight Year Home Losing Streak To Lobos With 84-71 Victory

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Behind a season-high 26 points from Ian Baker and double-doubles from Eli Chuha and Jemerrio Jones, the NM State men’s basketball team defeated Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico 84-71 inside a raucous Pan American Center on Lou Henson night.

The win also gave NM State its first victory over UNM at home since Dec. 4, 2007, and snapped five-game skid against the Lobos.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Rodney Butler Named First Team All-Sun Belt, Jaden Wright Second Team All-Sun Belt

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - New Mexico State football’s Rodney Butler and Jaden Wright highlights the group of seven Aggies that earned postseason honors as announced by the Sun Belt Conference Wednesday afternoon. The seven award winners for NM State are the most since the Aggies joined the SBC in 2013.

Joining Butler and Wright on the all-conference award list are Sage Doxtater, Tyler Rogers, Anthony McMeans, Greg Hogan and Kourtland Busby.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls To Arizona 74-63 In Overtime

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sunday afternoon saw the New Mexico State women’s basketball team square off with Pac-12 opponent Arizona at the Pan American Center. The contest took extra time to find a winner as the Aggies lost in overtime, 74-63.

After the game head coach Mark Trakh was asked about his team’s performance and said, “I thought we fought really hard and got after it. We brought a Pac-12 school to the brink and you can’t ask for much more than that. This team played hard tonight and I’m proud of them.”

The first quarter of Sunday’s contest gave fans a glimpse of what was in store for the game as it featured a back-and-forth ten minutes of play. The quarter saw five lead changes and 1:42 of a tie game as neither team could truly pull away. As the clock ticked down, Arizona went on a 7-0 run and finished the quarter up, 16-10.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Long Beach State 93-85

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Led by Braxton Huggins’ game-high 26 points and 4-of-5 starters reaching double-figures, NM State picked up its fifth-straight win Saturday night with a 93-85 victory over former Big West Conference rival Long Beach State inside the Pan American Center.

“I think offensively it was encouraging on a lot of levels,” head coach Paul Weir said. “I feel good about the trajectory of our offense. The way they guarded their ball screens, we wanted to attack and we did. We were able to get to the foul line in the second half where they went zone. It really opened some things up and we made some shots. I thought we were in a really good rhythm at that point and we were able to carry that in the rest of the game.”

The win Saturday night also extended the NM State home winning-streak to 15, dating back to last season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Falls To South Alabama 35-28 In Season Finale

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MOBILE, AL - The final game of the 2016-17 season saw the New Mexico State football team square off with the South Alabama Jaguars at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The game saw two defenses come to play as the score remained low for most of the game. The final score saw the Aggies fall 35-28 after the fourth quarter saw five scoring drives to close out the contest.

After the game, Coach Martin was asked about his team’s performance in their final game and he said, “I am very proud of how this team played tonight. We always play with a chip on our shoulder and if we come out like we did tonight and realize it’s us against the world, we will definitely improve and play great football next year.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brandee Walton Nominated For Allstate/WBCA Good Works Team

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)and Allstate Insurance Company today announced 97 nominees, including four from the WAC, for the 2017 Allstate WBCA Good Works Teams®. This esteemed award honors an outstanding group of student-athletes who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of community service and leadership among their peers.

Earning recognition from the WAC was Chicago State’s Kaylee Allen, UMKC’s Justice Collins, NM State’s Brandee Walton and Utah Valley’s Britta Hall.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Air Force 78-70

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Another solid shooting effort in the second-half, from Joe Garza and Eli Chuha extended the NM State men’s basketball home winning-streak to five on Wednesday with its 78-70 win over Air Force in the Pan American Center.

It was also NM State’s first victory over a Mountain West Conference opponent that isn’t New Mexico since Nov. 24, 2001, when the Aggies defeated San Diego State 94-76 at home.

“I thought we had a really good run there in the second half,” Aggie head coach Paul Weir said. “We were trying to turn it into our pace for a game, which was up and down. I think we did that for enough stretches over the course of the game and we were able to win. We went through some stretches where they were on a run and they were playing it how they wanted to, but I think we got it enough in our favor to make things happen for us.”  Continue Reading This Post >>